How to Feel Better About Your Body At The Beach

by Malia Frey

Feeling less than stellar about your beach body? You’re not alone.

Even the most fit bodies get a little nervous when it’s time to shed those extra layers and show some skin. So how do you rock your swimsuit with all the confidence of a runway model? Believe it or not, it’s totally do-able. You just have to know a few sneaky tricks to feel better about your body at the beach.

Feel Better About Your Body Instantly

The best way to feel better about your body right away is to put your worry in perspective. Do you feel like everyone is staring at you when you peel down at the pool? According to research, that’s probably not true.

A recent research study found that most women feel uncomfortable about their bodies when they are wearing a bathing suit. In fact, we are more likely to be hard on ourselves than on others. So, while it might feel like your figure flaws are on display when you strip down by the surf, the truth is that most beach-goers are probably too wrapped up in their own appearance to be concerned about yours.

3 More Ways to Boost Your Beach Body Confidence 

You can also feel better about your body with a few sneaky tricks that are used by the pros. Use these tips to boost your beach body confidence.

1. Upgrade your outfit. “Wear what fits well and feels good,” says stylist and confidence expert Kimmay Caldwell. “This will instantly help boost your confidence and comfort!”

She says that wearing the right swimsuit makes all the difference. “Whether that means an underwire, cup-sized bikini top like I like to wear, or trying out different cuts and coverage on the bottom.” She says it’s absolutely essential to pick a stylish suit that fits your body and personal style.

And don’t underestimate the power of accessories. A wide-brimmed hat, for example, works wonders if you’re trying to take the focus off your hips.  Not feeling great about your belly? Invest in a pair of spectacular sunglasses to draw the focus upward.

2. Tan, tan, tan. You can get a figure-flattering deep, bronze glow before you go to the beach. And you don’t need to your skin’s health at risk to get some color.

A fabulous spray tan will do the trick. If you get a professional spray tan in a salon, your technician can tailor the tan to highlight certain body areas. Or you can apply a tanning product at home to give your body a boost. Simply apply light color all over and then add a little bit of extra color to the sides of your waist or to your hips to add contour and curves.

3. Stand up tall. Believe it or not, one of the best ways to look taller, leaner and more confident instantly is to stand up tall. This savvy trick sounds too simple to work, but when is the last time you saw a celebrity slouch on the red carpet? Hollywood A-listers hire expensive coaches to teach them how to walk and stand with confidence, but you can do posture exercises on your own at home. Simply stand in front of a mirror and lengthen your spine. Relax your shoulders down and drop your chin so that the crown of your head feels lifted. This simple exercise adds instant charisma and appeal. 

Lastly, hit the beach with the people who make you feel fabulous. Leave the negative nellies at home and gather only the girlfriends who make you laugh. Then kick up some sand, frolic in the surf and enjoy your well-deserved fun in the sun. 

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